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Palm Pre: InsideSprintNow debunks the latest Best Buy rumors (trial launch, $999)

A few hours back, BGR posted rumors of Best Buy 'trial launching' the Palm Pre and possible pricing points. Hours later, the guys over at InsideSprintNow finally stepped in to debunk it. 

Here's why they think the rumor is bogus:

  • Being an insider of Sprint, he/she claims to know the exact release date and pricing for the Palm Pre.
  • Sprint would be crazy to let a 'partner' do the huge Palm Pre launch, not to mention how much they would lose from in-store accessory sales for not launching it in their own retail stores.
  • Only 4,500 Pre's across the country, with only 1-4 Pre's in each BB Mobile locations. BB employees will most likely purchase the few 1-5 Pre's before doors are even opened.
  • Contract or not, $999 price point will never happen, ever. We know.

And in his/her own words about the $299 price point for upgrades:

"As to the upgrades for existing customers? Have you -ever- seen a single price point for an upgrade price? The answer is no, because the system is simply not set up like this. The existing customer price will be the standard $75 off for 10+ months into agreement, $150 off for 22+ months, and the full $150 off + any rebates for those that qualify and have have the same device for 24+ months, which is essentially new customer pricing. Premier & White Glove customers also qualify for essentially new customer pricing at the 12 month mark, just as with any other device. To hint that there would be a single price point for any customer that wanted to upgrade is simply incorrect, and anyone as familiar with Sprint as BGR should be, knows that the system just isn’t set up to allow for that."


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Reader Comments (4)

Wow, this post is a great illustration of just how bush league this blog is. Read the post again… It’s about a BEST BUY TRIAL LAUNCH, not the general launch of the handset. Not the availability of the handset from Sprint. Not the pricing of the handset from Sprint. Not Sprint’s upgrade schemes. The handset will be out on Sprint before BBM gets it. Sprint pricing has NOTHING to do with BBM pricing.

It’s about BEST BUY trial-launching the handset… Not Palm trial-launching the handset through Best Buy instead of Sprint stores. Idiot.

I’m glad you have a few friends that are sales reps in Sprint stores so you started a blog, but know your role.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYour stupid

Guys, for reasons just like this, can you please put "Rumor" or a question mark on your post titles when you post rumors? You don't know how excited I got when I saw this headline on Twitter. It was the same excitement I got when you claimed that the launch date was June 7. This is not confirmed! Please don't act like it is!

The other blogs have the decency to indicate speculation in their post titles.

Thank you.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew

Sorry guys, I'll be more careful next time. :)

May 4, 2009 | Registered CommenterPreThinking

What's the confusion here? You said this myth is debunked. Why is "you're stupid" upset?

Ignore the rude comments. What a To err is human...

Raza Imam
"a die-hard Blackberry user with a soft spot for the new Palm Pre"

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPalmPreReviewer

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